In Search of a Name

The Deutsches Historisches Museum is currently presenting an intervention in the Permanent Exhibition under the title “REVEALED BY THE REVERSE. The hidden history of a painting by Adolph Menzel”. The topic of this event, which is the first exhibition entirely designed by the Curatorial Trainees Susan Geissler, Darja Jesse and Tobias Schlage, is the reverse side of the painting “Borussia” by Adolph Menzel. The back of the painting contains various writings and labels, which, when carefully investigated, reveal information about the owners and provenance of the painting, as Tobias Schlage points out in this contribution.